Istanbul's Gezi park to again welcome visitors today

Istanbul's Gezi Park on Taksim Square, which was for more than a month the venue for mass demonstrations, will be opened for visits today, the governor of Istanbul Huseyin Avni Mutlu said, Hürriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

The demonstrations in Istanbul began because of intentions of city authorities to demolish the park and replace it with a shopping and entertainment center. As a result thousands of opponents of demolition started demonstrations.

Gradually, the protests have acquired a political character, and resulted in mass demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister of the country.

According to Turkey's Ministry of Internal Affairs, during three weeks 2.5 million people participated in the protests in 79 provinces of Turkey.

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